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Stockwell store proves to be a real rip off for shoppers

A Stockwell shop which sold fake designer clothes worth thousands of pounds to unsuspecting shoppers has been prosecuted by Lambeth Council.

Trading Standards officers raided the ‘Mobile Excess’ store in Landor Road, SW9, in June after they became suspicious that clothes and shoes being offered for sale were counterfeit.

Fake brands being passed off as originals included Nike, Polo by Ralph Lauren, G-Star Raw and Stone Island.

If genuine the total cost of some of the goods examined would have been approximately £10,000. At first the shop owner, Mr. Abul Hessen Butt, said that the goods were genuine. However, Trade Mark holders for the brands concerned later confirmed that they were in fact fakes and Mr. Butt failed to provide any paperwork to show legitimate possession of the designer goods.

On 28th September 2011 Mr Abul Hussen Butt appeared before Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, having previously pleaded guilty to 14 counts of Trade Mark Offences.

He was sentenced to 250 hours community services to be completed within 12 months and ordered to pay the full cost to Lambeth of £1125. The court ordered forfeiture of all the fake goods.

Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability on Lambeth Council, said: “The shop was ripping off customers by trying to pass off substandard counterfeit items as originals and I am pleased to see that justice has been done on this matter.

“Cheap counterfeit clothing may seem like a bargain, but traders selling it damage local honest businesses and jobs, they pay no tax, and counterfeiting is often linked to other sorts of illegal activity. These are difficult times for a lot of people, but counterfeit goods are usually poor quality, rarely represent value for money and are often linked to other types of crime, so it’s important people aren’t tempted into buying them.

“We hope this sends a message to unscrupulous traders that Lambeth Council takes this issue extremely seriously and we will always seek to prosecute those who try to con the public.”

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